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Articles tagged “rail”

Online Travel

Munich-Based Startup FlixMobility Ready for Train and Bus Resurgence in Europe

A soft brand, FlixMobility is like an Oyo for bus and rail. That's why it had a $2.4 billion valuation going into the pandemic. A CEO interview suggests the startup's asset-light model could prove resilient.

Munich-Based Startup FlixMobility Ready for Train and Bus Resurgence in Europe

Online Travel

Trivago Wants to Stay Engaged With Travelers Well After They Book Trips

There are no guarantees that Trivago will succeed in transforming itself, broadening its offerings to travelers, and becoming different enough from rivals to ensure its viability. But sitting still and not trying new things wasn't an option, either.

Trivago Wants to Stay Engaged With Travelers Well After They Book Trips

Rail

President Biden Touts Amtrak’s Low Climate Impact on the Railway’s 50th Anniversary

U.S. lawmakers have been alarmingly indifferent about infrastructure for years. The pandemic appears to have provided the political will to change that, but the climate crisis is also a factor. The president used Amtrak Friday to make his case.

President Biden Touts Amtrak’s Low Climate Impact on the Railway’s 50th Anniversary

Online Travel

Startup BlaBlaCar Raises $115 Million for Long-Distance Carpooling and Bus Travel

Despite the pandemic, BlaBlaCar served 50 million passengers in carpools or buses in 2020, which shows remarkable resilience. The French startup has aggressive plans to create a rail service, debut a travel booking app for travelers, and expand its bus network much farther outside of Europe.

Startup BlaBlaCar Raises $115 Million for Long-Distance Carpooling and Bus Travel

Rail

Europe’s Rail Sector Could Fail as a Greener Travel Option Due to Its Outdated Tech

Rising interest in intercity train travel has been amplified by new European incentives that favor greener forms of travel, plus deregulation. But rail operators are hampered by their old IT systems, which aren't ready to sell to international travelers in the Google era.

Europe’s Rail Sector Could Fail as a Greener Travel Option Due to Its Outdated Tech

Rail

How the Pandemic Derailed Amtrak From Its Hopeful Path to First-Time Profits

Amtrak had been on track to notch its first operating profit in its 50 years. But the not-so-novel-anymore coronavirus has dashed the hopes of the U.S. national passenger rail system. President-elect Joe Biden is a fan of Amtrak but might have limited options to ride to the rescue.

How the Pandemic Derailed Amtrak From Its Hopeful Path to First-Time Profits

Tourism

UK Mulls a Variety of Testing Requirements for Travelers

Will the UK's safeguards for commuters and travelers be rigorous enough to protects the public health during a reopening? A more details plan will be forthcoming.

UK Mulls a Variety of Testing Requirements for Travelers

Rail

Amtrak’s Hopeful Break-Even Year Projected to Turn to a $700 Million Loss

Amtrak wanted to break even this year on an operating basis. That was a nice goal, but it was all academic. Amtrak is the U.S. national railway, and the government will do what it must to keep it running.

Amtrak’s Hopeful Break-Even Year Projected to Turn to a $700 Million Loss

Airlines

India to Stop Domestic Flights and Suspends Rail Service

While India had only eight confirmed deaths from coronavirus as of Monday, experts warn that a jump in cases is likely soon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government ordered a shutdown of domestic flights. Rail travel is already suspended. The economic pain will be fierce.

India to Stop Domestic Flights and Suspends Rail Service

Rail

Amtrak Names Another Airline Exec as Top Boss to Replace Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson deserves kudos for having helped to revitalize Amtrak in his three years as CEO. The former Delta Air Lines top boss put the U.S. railway operator on track to its first-ever operating profit while also improving its safety record.

Amtrak Names Another Airline Exec as Top Boss to Replace Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson